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FredT
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Boeing WIG

Fri Feb 14, 2003 1:15 am

From the rumour mill today. Boeing planning a wing in ground effect monster, 133 meters long, span 160 meters. Eight engines in two pairs, 450 km/h. Work on a prototype could start in 2004, intended use armed forces rapid deployment.

Anyone heard more?

Sounds peculiar, long wing for a WIG craft compared to the ruskie ones. I've wondered why noone picked up on this earlier.

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aeroguy
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RE: Boeing WIG

Fri Feb 14, 2003 2:51 am

Here's a little info:
http://www.popsci.com/popsci/aviation/article/0,12543,410266,00.html

[Edited 2003-02-13 18:53:24]
 
MD-90
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RE: Boeing WIG

Fri Feb 14, 2003 6:09 pm

Wow that thing looks ugly. The Orlyonok is so much better looking.

This is a great website for the Russian-Soviet Ekranoplans (WIG aircraft):
http://www.samolet.co.uk/ekranoplan.html

Lots of excellent pictures.

[Edited 2003-02-14 10:09:44]
 
Aviastar
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RE: Boeing WIG

Fri Feb 14, 2003 10:59 pm

Thanks MD-90 for the links! Impressive photos!!
http://www.samolet.co.uk/jpegs/lun_1.jpg
http://www.samolet.co.uk/jpegs/km_6.jpg
http://www.samolet.co.uk/jpegs/orlenok_2.jpg
 Wow!
I would not say they are beautiful but rather really impressive.

Are some of these planes still flying? Or new projects?
 
ejaymd11
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RE: Boeing WIG

Sat Feb 15, 2003 4:04 am

Didn't they do something like this in Russia?

Ejaymd11
 
Aviastar
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RE: Boeing WIG

Sat Feb 15, 2003 5:14 am

What do you mean?
Or have you read the replies above?!
 
Aviastar
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RE: Boeing WIG

Sat Feb 15, 2003 8:26 pm

About newer planes: I've found that:
a little Russian WIG, the Volga 2
http://www.ikarus342000.com/VOLGA2page1.htm
 
IMissPiedmont
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RE: Boeing WIG

Sun Feb 16, 2003 11:35 am

The Boeing proposal is different than the Russian aircraft in that it would be able to fly out of ground effect. That is the purpose for the wing span.

That being said I predict that the monster is deader than the Sonic Cruiser. It is way too risky. If a C-17 crashes or is shot down, you lose a platoon, this monster would mean the loss of a division.
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MD-90
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RE: Boeing WIG

Sun Feb 16, 2003 4:04 pm

That's the reason why they don't move troops on ocean liners any more. All it would take would be one (or two, or three maybe) good missile hits and *BOOM* there goes the QE2 and 5000 troops.

I'm still upset about the Channel Cat taking away the Blue Riband from the United States (the vessel, not the country). That thing is as much of an Atlantic crosser as I am an atheist. If the QE2 could win it, then I'd applaud the British...but the Channel Cat's one special crossing just to "win" the trophy doesn't seem right to me.

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